Clallam: County panels examine growth management plans this week

Clallam County wants to take two bites out of Alice in Wonderland’s mushroom.

One side, you recall, made Alice grow. The other made her shrink.

The trick for the county is to grow — but not so much or so fast as to burst at the seams.

The strategy is encoded in the state’s Growth Management Act, or GMA, which limits urban sprawl, preserves open space in rural areas and conserves natural resources.

Clallam County commissioners and the county Planning Commission both will review proposed changes to the GMA in meetings this week.

The Board of Commissioners meets for its work session at 9 a.m. today in the commissioners’ hearing room in the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth Street, Port Angeles.

The Planning Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the same location.

The proposals include 16 “action items” that must be decided and certified to the state by Dec. 1.

Some are administrative; others are technical; some would have immediate or long-range effects on land use in areas of Clallam County.

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